Saturday, September 03, 2005


Phoenix welcoming evacuees

2:09 P.M. - PHOENIX (AP): One thousand or more refugees of Hurricane Katrina could begin arriving in Arizona as early as Sunday morning, said a spokeswoman for Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Some of the evacuees would likely be brought to Phoenix's Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where they would remain for a few weeks until other housing arrangements could be made, said Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer.
"We will be working with people to transition them to other shelters," L'Ecuyer said.
Another possible location for temporarily housing refugees is the Tucson Convention Center, said Michael Carson, a spokesman for the city of Tucson.
Officials were unable to say how many refugees would be sent Phoenix and Tucson and how long the displaced people would remain in shelters.
The Arizona Department of Housing plans to help find longer-term housing for refugees.

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